The Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit meeting held in Luanda, Angola, brought together leaders from member states to discuss key regional issues and devise strategies for enhancing peace and security. The summit highlighted concerns over the deteriorating security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), condemned the M23’s attacks as a violation of the ceasefire, and stressed the importance of mobilizing resources to foster peace and stability. Additionally, the establishment and operationalization of the SADC Peace Fund were announced, underscoring the commitment to addressing conflict and promoting development in the region.
Twelve SADC member countries attended the summit meeting in Luanda, with the presence of the presidents of Angola, DRC, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
One of the primary concerns discussed at the SADC summit was the security situation in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Leaders expressed deep apprehension over the escalating violence, which threatens stability and hampers socio-economic progress in the area. Recognizing the urgent need for action, member states pledged their commitment to collaborate and support the DRC government in its efforts to restore peace and security.
The summit unequivocally condemned the recent attacks by the M23 rebel group in the DRC. These attacks were deemed a violation of the ceasefire agreement and a direct threat to regional stability. Leaders called for an immediate end to hostilities and stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve conflicts peacefully. The condemnation served as a firm message to all armed groups operating in the region that violence would not be tolerated.
Recognizing the complex challenges associated with maintaining peace and security, the summit emphasized the need to mobilize resources effectively. Leaders agreed to enhance cooperation and coordination among member states to pool resources for peacekeeping operations, conflict resolution mechanisms, and capacity-building initiatives. This collective effort aims to bolster regional security and ensure the stability necessary for sustainable development.
A significant announcement from the summit was the establishment and operationalization of the SADC Peace Fund. This fund will serve as a dedicated financial mechanism to support peace and security initiatives within the SADC region. It will provide financial resources for peacekeeping operations, peacebuilding programs, and conflict prevention efforts. The creation of the SADC Peace Fund demonstrates the region’s commitment to taking proactive steps in addressing conflicts and promoting lasting peace.
The SADC summit meeting in Luanda, Angola, underscored the importance of peace and security in the region. Leaders expressed grave concern over the security situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and condemned the M23’s attacks as a violation of the ceasefire. The summit emphasized the need to mobilize resources effectively to address these challenges, and the establishment of the SADC Peace Fund serves as a concrete step in this direction. With a collective commitment to peace and stability, the SADC region aims to foster an environment conducive to sustained development and prosperity.